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Analyst discusses the Iranian election listen

06/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Muhammed Sahimi is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California and a blogger for the Huffington Post and other publications.

He says that Iran will see real change if the challenger in tonight’s election, Hossein Mousavi, is victorious.

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Bob Smith joins race for Senate seat listen

06/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, WMNF ran the first part of an interview with former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith, who officially announced on Monday that he will challenge Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez next year.

The Sarasota resident yesterday that he’s running because he believes the Republican Party has lost its way and become Democrat-lite in some ways, as exemplified by Crist’s support for Barack Obama’s stimulus plan ear...

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GOP House candidate says Sansom has to go listen

06/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A Republican candidate for a House seat in Pinellas County is calling on Ray Sansom to resign from the Legislature.

Fabian Calvo owns a Real Estate Investment Trust and a property management company in Clearwater. He also hosts a daily radio show on WTAN 1340 AM in the afternoon.

And he’s now one of three candidates to enter the District 45 seat currently held by Tom Anderson of Dunedin, who will leave the seat next year because of term limits.

Calvo says that Sansom, currently awa...

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New GOP Senate candidate critical of peers listen

06/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday Sarasota resident and former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith announced that he is a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate next year in Florida.

In the first of a two-part interview, WMNF spoke with Smith today about his candidacy. We began by asking him about the Obama administration’s moves so far in 2009 – Smith says the biggest issue he worries about is what he says has been the "intrusion into the private sector."

Stay tuned for the second half of this inte...

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Single payer supporters meet with Sen. Max Baucus

06/06/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-chair of the Maryland Physicians for National Health Program. and Brigitte Marti, a French expert on health care Systems, were our guests.

Margaret and Brigitte have met with Sen. Max Baucus and Sen. Ted Kennedy’s staffs regarding a single payer health care system. They will give us an update on the meetings and Brigitte will share her analysis of European healthcare systems.

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Crist signs growth-management bill listen

06/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As we reported last night, without ceremony Gov. Charlie Crist has signed Senate Bill 360, also known as the Community Renewal Act, into law. The bill was sponsored by Bradenton Sen. Mike Bennett, who is also a developer.

Bennett says the rewrite of growth-management regulations will bring common sense to outdated and frustrating rules, untie the hands of developers and jolt a badly stalled economy with a burst of new construction.

Hillsborough County environmental activist Denise La...

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Survey: Americans hungry for immigration reform listen

06/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pro-immigration groups from South Florida and around the country will gather in Washington later this week to pressure President Barack Obama to address immigration reform in his first year in office.

To convince the President and members of Congress that comprehensive immigration reform, and not handling illegal immigrants punitively, is what the American people want, advocates today released new poll numbers.

Pollster Peter Brodnitz is with the Benenson Strategy Group. He said 67 perc...

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Dan Gelber drops out of Senate race listen

06/01/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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There’s been some movement in the race for the Democratic nomination for Senate next year.

Over the weekend, Miami Beach Sen. Dan Gelber confirmed that he is dropping out of race for Senate, in which he was running against South Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek.

Gelber made his comments to a netroots appearance in Miami on Saturday, where he said when the Democrats get into a contested primary, the winner generally loses in the general election to the Republican on the ballot.

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Indictments pile up against Sansom; House colleagues react listen

05/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week, ousted Speaker of the Florida House Ray Sansom had more charges added to his indictment. A grand jury charged Sansom and his developer friend Jay Odom with perjury.

The St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald reported on emails between Odom, Sansom, and the president of Northwest Florida State College about using state funding to construct an aircraft hanger. On the day he became House Speaker, Sansom took a position with the College, whose president, Bob Richburg, was also i...

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New endorsements: St. Pete mayor's race heats up listen

05/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In the crowded race for mayor of St. Petersburg, two potential frontrunners picked up endorsements this week.

Yesterday former City Council member Bill Foster announced that he received the endorsement of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association. In a letter, Sun Coast PBA President Mark Marland said, “Bill Foster has the experience, leadership and motivation to lead St. Petersburg in a bright and prosperous direction.”

Another candidate,...

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